It's designed for advanced users looking to easily open and view plain text and code in a familiar working environment, without having to worry about complicated features.
Setting it up takes little time and effort, since there are no special options, mandatory software products, third-party offers involved.
As far as the interface is concerned, BirEdit adopts a normal window with a minimalistic appearance, where you can get started by opening a file. It shows the line numbers and lets you copy the file's path to the Clipboard.
The encoding mode can be selected between ANSI, ASCII, UTF-16 (Big or Little Endian), UTF-8 and UTF-7. Multiple instances are allowed. It's possible to open the document in your default text editor, indent and unindent blocks, duplicate or quote selections, as well as convert text to uppercase, lowercase, invert case, title case, or sentence case.
A search-and-replace function is put at your disposal, which can be used with case sensitivity, whole words only, caret search, regular expression and cycle search enabled.
It's possible to jump to a specific line and column, find and select to matching braces, as well as to insert the current date and time, PC and user names, color under the cursor (in RGB format), encoding identifier, along with the file name and path.
File associations can be made for any of the supported extensions. Furthermore, you can configure standard font settings (e.g. type, style, size, effect, color), switch to read-only mode to prevent document editing, choose the syntax highlighting language, wrap words to fit the window, and minimize the tool to the systray.
It worked smoothly in our tests, without triggering the OS to hang, crash or indicate errors. CPU and RAM usage was minimal, so it didn't hamper the computer's performance.
To sum it up, BirEdit facilitates a user-friendly interface and practical options for programmers and casual users who want to edit text documents.